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Review: Rent-A-Cat (Japan, 2012)


With Rent-A-Cat (Rentaneko), Director Naoko Ogigami brings us a self-written film touching upon the loneliness that plagues many in modern society, but especially in Japan...

Review: Departures (Japan, 2008)


There seems to be a special place in Japanese cinema for death. Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru and Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story come to mind as some...

Review: Yamato (Japan, 2005)


Commissioned a week after Pearl Harbor in 1941, the battleship Yamato is a fitting metaphor for the rise and fall of the Japanese Empire during...

Review: Norwegian Wood (Japan, 2010)


For me, there’s probably nothing more satisfyingly escapist than reading a Haruki Murakami novel alone in a secluded room. Millions of Japanese youth would probably...

Review: Whisper of the Heart (Japan, 1995)


It’s almost sinful how little this movie is known or seen. There is no doubt this is one of the most emotionally intricate, beautiful pieces...

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